Prince Harry’s bald spot has doubled in size in the last year

POSTED: 08 November 2018

Prince Harry’s bald patch has doubled in size in the last year - and his marital happiness with new bride Meghan could be to blame, according to Britain’s leading hair transplant surgeon.
The 34-year-old royal is now losing his hair as fast as his older brother Prince William, says Dr Asim Shahmalak from Crown Clinic in Manchester.
Men happy in settled relationships make less effort to disguise their hair loss - because they have found their life partner.
New pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touring Australia show a rapid deterioration in Harry's hair.
You can see the stark difference in these pictures of Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September last year presenting a medal - and in Melbourne with pregnant Meghan, 37, last month. 
The bald patch which was previously only centred on his crown now extends to right across the back of his scalp.
Harley Street consultant surgeon Dr Shahmalak said: “There has been a significant acceleration of his baldness in the last year and Harry is now losing his hair as rapidly as his brother William.
“If he does not take action now, he faces suffering from advanced male pattern baldness like his brother in his forties and beyond.
“The last year has been a wonderful period of happiness for Harry, culminating in his wedding to Meghan in Windsor in May.
“While marital happiness does not bring about any hormonal changes which would affect hair loss, research shows that men in settled relationships tend to do less to disguise their baldness.
“It reflects nature and the need to find a partner. Once that goal is achieved there is slightly less incentive to cover up hair loss.
“There are simple ways to mask the onset of hair loss in the short-term.
“You can use hair thickeners, which Wayne Rooney has done for years during big games to make his hair look thicker than it really is.
“You can also give the impression of thicker hair by dying it a darker colour, as David Beckham did recently when he was in Hong Kong.
“It is to Harry’s credit that he has not resorted to either of these measures.
“He clearly has a wife in Meghan who loves him no matter what the state of his hair.
“However, the only long-term solution to the hair loss that Prince Harry is suffering from is a hair transplant.
“He could fully restore his crown with an FUE (follicular unit transplantation) procedure like Wayne Rooney or Calum Best where hair is removed from the back and sides of the scalp and replanted in the balding area.”
Prince Harry could also tackle his hair loss by taking a hair loss drug such as Propecia, which will slow down his baldness but won’t grow him any new hair, according to Dr Shahmalak.
Around 2% of patients taking Propecia experience a loss of libido, and this puts off a lot of male patients.
Dr Shahmalak said the strong royal baldness gene means Harry is shedding hair like his grandfather Prince Philip, father Prince Charles and brother Prince William.
The surgeon said that Prince Harry may have grown his beard to compensate for the hair loss on his scalp.
He said: “It is very common for men who are thinning on top to grow a beard. It does detract a little for the hair loss in the scalp. Beards are also a sign of virility and men are often reassured by the fact that while they may be losing hair on top, it still grows well in other parts of their body."
Dr Shahmalak's celebrity clients include Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen and Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts.
He has seen a 25% rise in bookings at Crown Clinic thanks to the 'Rooney effect' - with increasing numbers of young men following the lead of the former England captain in having a hair transplant.

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